The Discipline Triad

by KellyAnn Bonnell, MA

In my last post I shared a Powerpoint  presentation I did for the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented Conference. It highlighted preventative discipline methods for the pop culture classroom. Preventative discipline is vital to the success of your classroom. It is the foundation for successful classroom management but it does not stand alone. An effectively managed classroom rests on the Discipline Triad. The Discipline Triad includes Preventative Discipline, Supportive Discipline and Corrective Discipline.

Preventative Discipline  are those steps that you take to preempt disruption by keeping students engaged.  Examples of preventative discipline are setting clear expectations and creating a yes environment

Supportive Discipline are those steps that you take to assist students with self- control that get them back on task. Examples of supportive discipline include implementing indirect control measures such as separating disruptive partners before activities begin and providing reminders of the expectations to students at regular intervals.

Corrective Discipline are those steps that you take when students choose behavior that cannot be redirected through preventative and supportive techniques. Corrective discipline is about natural and logical consequences, not punishment. Removal of privileges or removal from the learning environment should be used as last resorts.

Balancing the unique needs of your individual students with the demands of the curriculum and the expectations of the school is never easy. The Discipline Triad is the way we can navigate the challenges.



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